Aga Khan Development Network
The Aga Khan University is part of the Aga Khan Development Network, which focuses on
rural development, institution-building and the promotion of
economic development. It is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.
The agencies of the AKDN are private, international, non-denominational development organisations. They work to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa, without regard to faith, origin or gender.
The AKDN works in over 30 countries around the world. It employs approximately 80,000 people, the majority of whom are based in developing countries. The AKDN’s annual budget for non-profit development activities in 2017 was approximately US$ 925 million. The project companies of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development generated revenues of US$ 4.1 billion in 2017 (all surpluses are reinvested in further development activities). The Organisational Chart provides a clear understanding of how the entities within the Network function.
AKDN’s Approach to Development
Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the AKDN brings together a number of development agencies, institutions and programmes that work primarily in the poorest parts of Asia and Africa. While each institution pursues its own mandate, all work together within the overarching framework of the Network so that their different pursuits interact and reinforce one another.